MODA Traveling Exhibition

Luba Lukova: Designing Justice
Was on view at MODA June 3 - September 3, 2017

This exhibition is available for travel from January 1, 2018. For further information, please contact MODA's exhibitions manager, Janelle Miniter, at jminiter@museumofdesign.org.

A designer and an artist, Luba Lukova creates images that she hopes will catalyze action and change the world. Her thought-provoking posters address essential themes of humanity and injustice worldwide. Her messages help viewers develop empathetic understanding for social and cultural issues through indelible metaphors and an economy of line, color, and text. 

About Luba Lukova

Internationally recognized, New York-based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most original image-makers working today. Whether by using an economy of line, color and text to pinpoint essential themes of humanity or to succinctly visualize social commentary, her work is undeniably powerful and thought provoking.

Lukova creates arguably some of the most iconic and indelible imagery in the realm of contemporary poster design. In her art, less is more. More effect, more message, more expression; all while doing it with less. Most of her prints are made with as few as two or three colors. The graphic elements are bold with few fine details but the intent is clear. Her messages reflect the human condition, fundamental fairness and justice. Yet while it is easy to focus solely on the messages of her provocative works, it is important to take a step back to appreciate the artistic merit in her simplicity. Her use of striking, metaphoric images gives the viewers art to not only appreciate visually but intellectually.

Lukova’s work has been exhibited around the world, including UNESCO, Paris; DDD Gallery, Osaka, Japan; La MaMa Gallery, New York; and the Art Institute of Boston. She has received commissions from Time, Sony Music, Canon, and Harvard University, among others. Lukova’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Denver Art Museum, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; the Library of Congress and the World Bank, Washington, DC. Her many awards include the Grand Prix Savignac at the International Poster Salon in Paris, the Gold Pencil from The One Club in New York, and Honor Laureate at the International Poster Exhibition in Fort Collins, CO. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Art Institute of Boston. Lukova is the author of the critically acclaimed Social Justice poster portfolio containing visual reactions to many of the pressing issues of our time. The collection has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and around the globe, and has gone viral on the internet.